When I heard that Bob Higginbotham of Bravo Brasserie fame in Providence (my hometown) was opening a fabulous new farm to table restaurant in West Palm Beach, I plugged the address into my GPS and headed over. His reputation for serving quality ingredients with a creative flair were so well known in the renaissance city, and I couldn’t wait to see what surprises he had for South Florida.
I knew that I was in trouble the minute the first course (of ten) hit the table. Yes, this was a media dinner, and I knew IMMEDIATELY that it wouldn’t be just me that noticed the similarities to my favorite after-clubbing haunt from my Providence youth in front of me. HAVEN BROTHERS! The teenie weenies, available on the “SANDS” menu are a whole lot classier than standing in line at the famous diner parked nightly by city hall.
While there were a couple of RI references, like Flo’s Clam Shack, a grilled pizza that was TO DIE FOR inspired by one of my favorite RI restaurants (Al Forno) and that iconic shack by First Beach in Middletown, there were also dishes that I’d consider Bocce signatures. That being said – I would drive the hour from the mansion JUST FOR THIS PIZZA!!!
While I had the opportunity to taste ten items from the menu, the selection left me wanting more. Overall, there were more hits than misses and I’m excited about the brunch menu as well (bring on the blueberry belinnis and pancakes with meyer lemon jam).
This is a true farm to table restaurant with an ONSITE GARDEN, and food being sources from Swank Farms, Kai Kai Farms, Farriss Farms and Miss V’s Organics to name a few. Menu items are seasonal, changing with whatever happens to be freshly available.
Bocce Wine Bar and Tapas is tucked next to the rear entrance to Home Depot (just before the entrance ramp to the turnpike) at 1760 North Jog Road in West Palm Beach. It’s a real FIND in an area that’s littered with fast food and chain restaurants.
Check out their specials such as:
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday from 5:00-7:00pm with BOTTOMLESS GLASSES OF WINE for $12 (wine poured will change weekly) or a $5 featured cocktail, or $3 craft beer special AND complementary snack from Chef Wade Owens.
Wine Down Wednesday: 50% off all bottles of wine. Wine prices begin at $25, which translates to as low as $12.50 after the discount…or as high as you want to get (I always knew you were classy – bring me the Segura Viudas Reserva Cava as always please).
Sunday Brunch: Sundays from 11:00am – 3:00pm enjoy specials from their ever changing menu. Don’t miss the $10 bottomless brunch cocktail to go with your meal.
- Bocce Wine Bar & Tapas – 1760 N. Jog Rd, Ste 180, West Palm Beach
Chef: Wade Owens